Green Cervical Mucus Before Period – Is It a Sign of Yeast Infection?
Cervical mucus isn’t exactly on the top of everyone’s favorite discussion topics lists; however this watery, stringy goo is actually an incredibly important part of good vaginal health. The mucus serves as means to remove bacteria and dead skin cells from the body, according to WebMD. Cervical mucus can also serve as a great indicator to vaginal health, with different colors, textures, consistencies and smells all proving to be useful in determining whether or not something is amiss below the belt line. Green cervical mucus can be particularly alarming, as the color is not characteristic of what normally is found coming from the vagina. However, one of the most common misconceptions is that this green mucus is related to a yeast infection.
A yeast infection is a very common condition in women. Mayo Clinic explains that yeast infections are caused by fungus and lead to inflammation of the vagina, as well as intense itching and vaginal discharge. In most cases, clear cervical mucus is common with yeast infections, however a change in discharge can and often does occur in yeast infections. WebMD notes that most commonly in candidiasis, or yeast infections, discharge that is thick and white is typical. And, this discharge is different from normal white to yellow cervical mucus in that the consistency is so thick that it’s almost chunky or cheesy in nature, sort of like cottage cheese. Green cervical mucus however, is not indicative of a yeast infection.
However, there are some common causes of green mucus discharge. One of the most common is trichomoniasis. The condition, as described by University of Illinois, is caused by a normally sexually transmitted organism. But, because the organism has a penchant for all places warm and moist (like vaginas!) it can hang about in wet clothing like bathing suits or wet towels for up to a day, and therefore add other means of transmission. While green mucus discharge is one of the most common symptoms, there are others that can occur as well such as discharge that is frothy, inflammation of the private areas as well as itchiness. When compared to the symptoms of a yeast infection, it’s easy to see how the green cervical mucus that can result from a trichomoniasis infection can be confused with the common fungus caused malady.
There are other causes of cervical mucus that is green, but none of them are related to yeast infections. Sometimes, very light green mucus can occur simply as a result of hormonal changes, such as those that occur while breast feeding or during pregnancy. And, when no other symptoms are present, and the light green mucus isn’t persistent, there is typically little cause for concern. And, these hormonal changes can often also occur right before menstruation, when the body’s ovulation cycle is in full swing. In fact, changes in mucus are often used to predict ovulation and menstruation, although these predictions aren’t based on color, rather texture and consistency.
In most cases, green cervical mucus being attributed to yeast infections is simply a case of mistaken identity. And, it’s easy to see how this can happen. Mucus color, when presented in a cough or cold, is often used to identify whether or not infection is present. And, in many cases, the color green is associated with infection. Since yeast infections are one of the most common causes of changes in discharge, making the connection between the oddly hued vaginal leavings and a yeast infection can be very logical. Additionally, the symptoms between yeast infections and actual genuine causes of green cervical mucus, such as trichomoniasis, are incredibly similar. So, aside from the color difference in what is coming out of the vagina, the two can be very difficult to tell apart.
Regardless, any changes in what is coming out of the vagina that are sudden, persistent or accompanied by bothersome symptoms that persist should be discussed with a health care provider. The vagina serves as a protective barrier between the sensitive reproductive organs and the bacteria infested outside world, and if it’s sending signs and symptoms that something is amiss, medical advice is recommended. Some causes of odd vaginal mucus, such as trichomoniasis, require the use of antibiotics to treat in order to eliminate the organism causing the infection; and repeated dosing with over the counter yeast infection remedies will do little to quell the underlying cause.